Braves’ Loss of Top Prospects Helps White Sox Farm System Ranking

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Michael Kopech
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Michael Kopech /

White Sox farm system ranked first by Jim Callis of MLB after recent Braves scandal involving loss of top prospects, 2018 third round draft pick.

The biggest winner from the recent Atlanta Braves international signing scandal could be the Chicago White Sox. The Braves will lose many top prospects as they will be declared free agents after it was determined the team violated international signing rules from 2015-2017.

In total, the Braves will lose 13 prospects who will become free agents. Those players include no.38 ranked prospect Kevin Maitan, Yunior Severino and Juan Contreras. Former Braves general manager John Coppolella was also banned from MLB for life due to the recent scandal.

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With the Braves losing many of their top prospects, the White Sox farm system was re-ranked as no.1 in MLB by Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline. Although the Sox lost many of their top prospects this past season due to promotions to the majors, Callis still re-ranked their farm system as the top in baseball currently.

The Sox top two prospects, Eloy Jimenez and Michael Kopech could make their major league debuts sometime in 2018. Other top prospects that could be promoted within the next two years include Luis Robert, Alec Hansen and Zack Collins. The Sox have a loaded farm system with a lot of depth and should only get stronger with the team drafting fourth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft.

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Many Sox fans are eager to see the next wave of top prospects make their debuts with the team. As the team’s rebuild enters its second year, expect the Sox to remain patient in promoting any prospect to the majors. Although the Sox have the top ranked farm system now thanks to the Braves mishap, it still doesn’t guarantee success in the future. There’s more work to do for the Sox to become competitive again, but they’re still headed in the right direction.